I know that many people become teachers later in life and will say how they never experienced age discrimination. I have to say that you are the lucky ones, because your age does become a factor in whether or not you even receive an interview. I began my training to become a teacher seven years ago, when I was still considered "young". I had to get a second degree in my subject area and student teach in order to become certified...no one would hire me "alternate route". I also spent two years on getting a graduate degree. I was told that I won't be rehired because of enrollment..however, the other teacher who just finished school and is still very young will be returning. There are positions available that I am qualified to teach, but they want someone new. All of my evaluations were good and there was no obvious reason to fire me. I also found out after it was too late to refuse the offer, that my job was initially offered to two very young teachers and they turned it down. I believe that they never planned on keeping me, and just hired me for the year because they needed someone right away for the job. I am no where near retirement and am at the bottom of the salary guide, so it's not like I am expensive to hire, so I really believe that my age is preventing me from being hired. I also have degrees in very high demand areas, so it's not like there are many candidates out there to choose from. I know that I am losing my job and unfortunately my health insurance. I have sent out resumes, been on other interviews and have heard nothing. I have to hear the admins and teachers in my soon to be former district talk about candidates for next year. I hear them talking and they say that "Anyone over the age of 35 way too old"...however, the 22 year olds, are "amazing" "best teacher ever" "that lesson was awesome!!" I also overheard an admin saying to only hire people who were born during a certain decade. I'm sorry that I can't age backwards. Gee, I wish I had enough money and health care to retire, since it looks like I will be unemployed forever. Anyone else experience this kind of treatment as an older NEW teacher?